Notification Center in OS X, like its counterpart in iOS, is a powerful tool for keeping you up-to-date with the headlines of your day. Whether it be your next calendar appointment or the latest update from a friend on Facebook, you can find it all in one place with a two-finger swipe of your Touchpad on your Mac. And, just like in iOS, Notification Center in OS X can be configured to give you the information you want most at the top rather than having to scroll up and down to get it. It’s quick and easy to do and I’ll show you how to configure Notification Center to your liking.
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One of the great features of iOS is the ability to quickly and easily close apps to save battery power and processing power. Although the platform is good at multitasking, closing down apps does have its benefits. It was introduced in iOS 6 and in iOS 7 it was improved with a more gestures-based way of closing apps simply by swiping up on your screen after you double-tap the Home button. But did you know you can close multiple apps on iOS 7 at once?
Neither did I until I stumbled upon it last week. It was, as they say, one of those “Where have you been all my life” moments!
There has been a lot of talk since WWDC 2014 about Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite. Dark Mode, for those who are not sure, allows you to turn the translucent menus, toolbars and window headers dark instead of the standard translucent look that is dominating the new look of OS X Yosemite. Why would you want to do this? If you are doing photo or video editing, the translucent mode could be a distraction. Think of it as turning a bit of the eye candy off in OS X Yosemite.
The mode was not available until Preview 3 which was only open to developers. Now that Preview 4 is out and it is the public beta build of OS X Yosemite, you can now enable this feature to try it out for yourself.
This week Apple in Australia, Japan and The United States gave iTunes account holders the ability to add iTunes Gift Cards to their Passbook on their iPhone. It saves you from having to go to a store and purchase them and scan them in to iTunes in order to use them for app, books, movies and music purchases. Even better, you can go to your local Apple store and add money to your iTunes card in Passbook at any time. Adding an iTunes Gift Card to Passbook is not entirely intuitive so here is a step-by-step how to guide on how to get it added on your iPhone.
There are times where we experiment in OS X and we change icons of files and folders. Or we download an application that changes a folder’s icon. The challenge though is when we want to get the original folder icon back and it is one of the few things Apple doesn’t come out and say how to do easily. Fortunately there is a little trick and in this How To I will show you how to reset your file or folder icons in OS X.
While there are a lot of different podcast apps available in the App Store for your iPhone or iPad, the much maligned and not-so-loved Apple Podcasts app for iOS has been making its case to be the app of choice. Over the course of the past few months it has made big strides in stability and is far more user friendly than it has been in the past. One of those ways is by allowing you to easily organise your Podcasts in the app. In this How To we will show you how to do just that in the Podcasts app for iOS.
One of the built-in apps of iOS is the compass. It is often overlooked but is actually quite a powerful tool as it is not only a compass but is a level (both horizontal and vertical) as well. One of the key things you can do with an analog (in-other-words, the old handheld versions) compass is to mark a bearing then navigate your way towards that bearing. You would often have an indicator on the compass dial that would tell you the bearing you marked then by using the compass needle you could figure out your direction and if you were heading towards that bearing. Did you know the compass on your iPhone can do the same? In this How To I will show you how to use the compass app on your iPhone to mark a bearing and navigate your way towards it.
If you have updated to the latest version of the Facebook for iPhone app you have undoubtedly noticed a few changes here and there. The new 10.0 version continues to evolve the social networking app but there are always changes that some of us don’t necessarily like. For me, that’s the removal of the Most Recent feed for my timeline. In previous versions my Most Recent feed was a pull down and tap away. Not any more and when I first upgraded I thought it was gone for good. Not the case fortunately and in this AlliOSNews How To I will show you how to get to this new buried setting in the Facebook for iPhone app.
First, it should be noted that this is aimed at the new Facebook for iPhone. The iPad version still has a little settings button by your feed that allows you to select the Most Recent feed straight from your timeline.
To start, open up Facebook on your iPhone as normal and view your timeline. At the bottom of the page will be the More button in
the far right corner of the menu. Tap it and you will be taken to all of the various settings and configurations of the app. Scroll about halfway down and you will see a Feeds menu. Tap that menu and you will be taken to a second screen where you can select which feed you want to view.
One of the good things about the new Facebook app is you can really filter down your timeline if you want to do so to only work colleagues or those for a particular company or those even for a particular area. It’s actually quite powerful and I would encourage you to give it a go.
At the very top of this Feed menu is Most Recent. Tap it and it now becomes your default timeline view in Facebook. Now go back to your timeline by tapping the News Feed icon in the lower left corner of the menu at the bottom of the screen and you are back to your timeline, filtered for most recent posts from friends and family.
There is no right or wrong on this setting: Some will prefer the relevance view that is standard for Facebook while others, like me, prefer a more chronological order of posts from friends. As I said before though, give some of the other settings on your Feeds a try. You may find one that works better for you depending on what you are trying to view.
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If you are new to iPhone or iPad you will notice pretty quickly that the default name of your device is “My iPhone” or “My iPad”. That’s fine for many but when you have multiple devices that you are synchronising with iTunes or using Personal Hotspot and you see several “My iPhone”, it can be hard to figure out which one is your iPhone. In this AlliOSNews How To I will show you the easy process of changing the name of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to a more personalised and friendly name that you can easily identify both in iTunes and as a Personal Hotspot.
Because everything had been working far to smoothly on the technology front in the TechHousehold, I decided to go spelunking into the nether regions of the Apple Airport Extreme in the attempt to configure a fully shared home drive.
My weapon of choice here in the Silicon Valley is a MacBook Air. And to keep it functioning light and spritely, I keep very little loaded onto the actual hard drive – instead, big-ticket items (like the multitude of adorable TechTot photos, Disney movies, and all my rocking iTunes) live on a Western Digital external drive.
I wanted a way to access all of my digital goodies when composing the latest and greatest TechMom Tuesday post from the comfort of my couch, instead of forced to retreat to the confines of the home office to plug back in.